Archive for November 6th, 2013

Lamentations 2

Lamentations 2 begins with a long list of God’s actions against the sin of His people.  These are strong words – very powerful actions – and the list is very long.  Check out what it says God does:

–       “cast down

–       not remembered

–       swallowed up

–       broken down

–       brought down

–       cut down

–       withdrawn

–       burned

–       bent his bow

–       killed

–       poured out

–       become like an enemy

–       swallowed up

–       laid in ruins

–       multiplied mourning and lamentation

–       laid waste

–       laid in ruins

–       fierce indignation

–       spurned

–       scorned

–       disowned

–       delivered into the hand of the enemy

–       raised a clamor

–       stretched out the measuring line

–       did not restrain

–       caused rampart

–       broken her

These are the actions God took.  It wasn’t a simple response.  God’s fury was let loose.

And when one goes through the fury of God, one can “find no vision from the Lord”.  You just feel helpless.  You feel all alone.  It is a difficult time.  The people have experienced destruction.  “Your ruin is vast as the sea”.  God did a number on His people.  And it is complete – to the core – to the place where they have nowhere else to go but back to Him.  There is no recovery from this except God.  There is nowhere else to go.

It wasn’t accidental – God’s response that is.  “The Lord has done what he purposed; he has carried out his word, which he commanded long ago; he has thrown down without pity; he has made the enemy rejoice over you and exalted the might of your foes”.  God has been faithful to His word and His ways.  He told His people for generations that they had to obey.  He gave them a roadmap for success and life that would be blessed.  But they chose otherwise.  They chose to live a life of evil rather than righteousness.  And God did what He said He would.  God punished them.

So what do we do when we finally get to the end of ourselves and have nowhere else to go?  We have to go back to God.  He alone can help us recover and restore our lives. “Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him”.  We need to get on our face and seek Him.  We need to run toward Him.  Our immediate response is to run from Him, but that is the wrong response.  When we finally get to the end of self, we have only one option and that is God.  Been there?  I’ve been there and fortunately done that.  And He is there, ready to receive us and bring us back to Himself!

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